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Hella Joof's bedste bøger

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Vores allesammens Hella Joof. Kendt for at være her, der og alle vegne med hendes positive væsen og stærke holdninger. Du har måske lyttet til hende i Mads og Monopolet, hvor hun glædeligt deler ud af hendes livserfaring eller sunget med på Det brune punktum, hvor hun sammen med Martin Brygmann og Peter Frödin fik alle danskere til at synge med på "Kom lad os gå". I hendes seneste bog ’Papmachéreglen’, kan man læse om ”hvordan livet er og hvilke regler der gælder”. Ifølge Hella Joof er det dybes... Read more

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Baby

1999 | Kirsten Thorup

Kirsten Thorup’s Baby introduces us to strangers, the outsiders: misfits, deviants, losers, the powerless, those at the bottom of the social hierarchy. They are the other side of the coin, the failures. The novel opens in the Mexicana, a cheap nightclub in the Vesterbro district of Copenhagen, where several acquaintances are gathered together in a meaningless, hand-to-mouth companionship. When the club closes, they go their own ways, never to return to the club again a dispersion that gives the book its basic pattern of wandering and aimlessness and no neatly rounded closing of the circle. Their tracts zigzag through the city. We follow Mark—the untalented auto salesman with the Orson Welles profile who is heavily in debt and does not know how to get out—home to his money-grubbing wife who get household income by selling herself to the loan shark who has Mark in his clutches. We follow Suzie on a drunken spree in Sweden with a couple of delinquents. We visit Leni, who has never written the book she wants to write because she has had to support herself by translating porno magazines. We go with her to the home of her former husband, Eddy, who once owned the run-down apartment where Karla, a single mother with two children, now lives. Eddy is the central to the story. He is the spider; his money—and its power—are the poison. Permeating the everyday lives of these characters is an experience that perhaps a woman best can formulate: the experience of being a thing, an object rather than a subject, a receiver—of bribery, of blows and bruises, of caresses, or persuasive words. And perhaps a woman’s sensitivity is also particularly suited to describing this state with the unsentimental tenderness that Kirsten Thorup manifests in Baby. Baby deals with people who have been pushed out into the darkness. They are the children of darkness and some of them do dark deeds. But Thorup has said that if she had to choose an epigraph for the novel, it would be a line from Hugo: “Not those who do dark deeds, but those who create the darkness are the truly guilty ones.”

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Guds barmhjertighed

1999 | Kerstin Ekman, Anne Marie Bjerg

Den unge Hillevi Klarin ankommer i foråret 1916 til sin nye post som jordemoder i den øde og isolerede nordsvenske landsby Röbäck. Hendes idealisme og engagement konfronteres med en barsk virkelighed præget af fattigdom og nød, uvidenhed og fordomme i en lokalbefolkning bestående af både svenskere og nordmænd - og lapper, der opfattes som beskidte og dyriske. Allerede efter en måned involveres Hillevi i en ulykkelig og uhyggelig barnefødsel, hvis konsekvenser kommer til at forfølge hende. Hendes elskede, Edvard Nolin, kommer til landsbyen for at overtage præsteembedet dér. Men forholdet overlever ikke de hårde vilkår, og i stedet gifter Hillevi sig med Trond Halvorsen, en noget usleben jæger og købmand, hvis kærlighed til Hillevi måske ikke er elegant, men i det mindste oprigtig. Sammen får de to børn - samt et tredje, en lille lappisk pige, som de adopterer. Risten, som pigen hedder, er historiens egentlige fortæller. Hun er bindeleddet mellem de døde og de levende, hun har en særlig forståelse for naturens tegn og lyde. Det er fra hende, vi får stedmoderens historie. Guds barmhjertighed er en vidtfavnende historisk roman, der spænder fra 1916 og frem til årene kort før 2. Verdenskrig. Det er stykke enestående kvindehistorie om kristen moralisme, om ulykkelige graviditeter, aborter og selvmord, men også om lykkelige kærlighedshistorier mellem mand og kvinde og mellem forældre og børn.

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